by Gerbera, Sat Oct 07, 2006 at 10:05:03 AM EDT
The NY Times has an article on how Evangelicals are fearing the loss of their young believers. While I generally found the entire article disturbing and consider their movement akin to brainwashing, I found this quote really offensive:
"They [Christian teens] said they often felt alone in their struggles to live by their "Biblical values" by avoiding casual sex, risqué music and videos, Internet pornography, alcohol and drugs."
Those aren't biblical values. Those are common sense behaviours.
I avoid casual sex because I respect my body and care about my health.
I don't enjoy "risqué" music videos that objectify women or glorify violence, because I find them offensive to women and to groups that are often stereotyped.
I don't take an interest in internet pornography, because it's disgusting and exploits women and children. In the instances when it is not necessarily exploitative, it is still not, in my view, a healthy or positive view of sexuality.
I avoid alcohol in excess and drugs in all forms because I value my ability to make decisions and I care about my body. Plus, I think the use of these substances can be harmful, not just to myself, but to others.
Bottom line: none of these life choices involve a belief in the Bible, Jesus or "The Lord". I did not have to accept anyone as my personal savior to make them.
Perhaps, what Christian teens aren't considering is that they feel alone because the groups they associate themselves with are judgmental of others, intolerant of diversity and ignorant of scientific fact.
The groups they associate themselves which often preach hatred in the name of God and vilify women who embrace the right to make their own choices about their bodies, individuals who embrace the right to love whomever they please, and any one, who, in general, doesn't share their idea of what it means to "believe".
The title of this entry was inspired by the photo that accompanies the article I reference.